Ken Auletta, The New Yorker

Keynote Speaker

Ken Auletta
Author and columnist
The New Yorker

Ken Auletta has been writing “Annals of Communications” columns and profiles for The New Yorker since 1992.

He is also the author of 11 books, including five national bestsellers: “Greed And Glory On Wall Street: The Fall of The House of Lehman” (1986); “Three Blind Mice: How the TV Networks Lost Their Way” (1991); “The Highwaymen: Warriors of the Information Superhighway” (1997); “World War 3.0: Microsoft and Its Enemies” (2001); and “Googled: The End of the World As We Know It” (2009).

Auletta was among the first to popularize the idea of the “information superhighway.” He has profiled the leading figures such as Barry Diller, Bill Gates, John Malone and Rupert Murdoch as well as media giants AOL Time Warner and The New York Times. He won a National Magazine Award for his 2001 profile of CNN founder Ted Turner.

The Columbia Journalism Review considers him America’s premier media critic, noting that “no other reporter has covered the new communications revolution as thoroughly as has Auletta.”

Auletta has served as chief political correspondent for the New York Post, columnist for the Village Voice, contributing editor for New York Magazine and weekly political columnist for the New York Daily News. At other times in his career, Auletta worked in government, on several political campaigns, and as a teacher and trainer for the Peace Corps. He was also the first executive director of the New York City Off-Track Betting Corp.

Auletta has served as a Pulitzer Prize juror, International PEN board member and New York Shakespeare Festival board member and trustee. For nearly two decades, he has been a judge for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the State University College at Oswego, N.Y., and a master’s degree in political science from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.